itaas announces DTA testing, certification program
Itaas has created a testing and certification program for digital-to-analog (DTA) converters as cable operators look to reclaim bandwidth by converting analog signals to digital.
"We are pleased to add another support component to the deployment of digital technologies," said Jaspal Bhasin, COO of itaas. "Our customers across the industry count on us to provide development and support for the latest technologies and tools to facilitate the rollout of digital TV services and equipment."
Itaas said the DTA compliance testing process will involve working with a variety of manufacturers to test subscriber devices prior to deployment in MSO systems.
The DTA devices are designed to work with major cable headend systems, simplifying inventory and deployment. Companies that supply the DTA devices will be able to test compliance, as well as take advantage of itaas’ labs in the early pre-production and development processes.
Huawei Technologies, Evolution Broadband, Technicolor, Comcast, Pace, Motorola and Cisco are among the DTA vendors that are currently working with cable operators.
Comcast has relied on DTAs during its Project Cavalry analog-to-digital initiative, which should be mostly completed by year’s end. Cable operators are able to offer more HD choices and additional services with the bandwidth they reclaim from the conversion.